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Garifuna American Heritage Foundation United, Inc. established since 2005, is an Garifuna American non-profit charitable and educational organization operating under the provisions of 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code and based in California.
"We are dedicated to the preservation of the Garifuna language,culture, history and wellbeing." Email: garifunaheritagefoundation@yahoo.com

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On May 18th 2001, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, proclaimed the Garifuna Language, Music and Dance a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

An educational, historic study of Garifuna culture tells you that Garifuna people never suffered the inhumane act of enslavment, a terrible crime against humanity that brutalized so many others, and their cultures. The Garifuna culture has preserved a lot that should be shared with our descendants and the world. -
Un estudio educativo e historico de la cultura asevera que Los Garinagu nunca sufrieron el acto inhumano de la esclavitud, un crimen terrible en contra de la humanidad el cual afecto y brutalizo a muchos otros y sus culturas tambien. La cultura Garifuna ha logrado preservar mucho de lo cual deberia de ser compartido con los Afro-descendientes y todo el mundo.

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The mission of GAHFU is to serve the Garifuna-American, Caribbean-American and Central American/Afro-Latino community in the greater Los Angeles and Long Beach area, the Untied States and abroad through cultural education programs, outreach, advocacy and social services programs. GAHFU is dedicated to the dissemination and preservation of Garifuna heritage through the arts, music, culture and language education, in addition to providing social and cultural awareness programs such as youth mentoring/leadership, Garifuna classes, cultural competency and enrichment programs, community forums, and more. GAHFU believes that having an appreciation of one’s own culture sets the stage for developing partnership with people who come from culturally diverse backgrounds. GAHFU serves a nation that reaches across the globe annually and seeks to educate and inform the larger Los Angeles County about Garifuna culture and the contributions that Garifuna-Americans have made and continue to make in the social and cultural fabric in Central America, North America and the Caribbean.


Garifuna American Heritage Foundation United, Inc. is an exempt organization under section 501 ( c) (3) and all donations are tax deductible. Our main purpose is to preserve the uniqueness of the Garifuna culture, history, language, music, arts & crafts and spirituality by working closely with community organizers not only in Los Angeles County, but throughout the world.  We seek to enhance and showcase the image and vision of the Garifuna people through education, music and the arts. We are  also committed to bringing the necessary resources to improve the wellbeing of the Garifuna, Caribbean, Central Americans/Afro-Latino communities through outreach, workshops/seminars and education.  GAHFU also recognizes the need to assist in acquiring adequate social service and immigration resources for the often neglected Afro-Latino unaccompanied minors and families from Central America. GAHFU will advocate to obtain services needed in our underserved communities. We will develop afterschool cultural enrichment classes and leadership programs for our youth. GAHFU is also committed providing mentoring programs and provide scholarships to socio-economically disadvantaged Garifuna children in California and in Central America. Our endeavor also includes to be able to properly channel the music, dance and the arts to the world.  There is a strong, talented and artistically inclined group of Garifuna artists who are the lifeline of the Garifuna culture.  This talent is in danger of being lost if not preserved and/or exposed properly.






GAHFU's LGE will be performing Wanaragua Dancing
Drumming & dancing, Special Perf by Wanaragua

GAHFU's Lidereibugu Garifuna Ensemble will be participating at the Afro-Latinx Festival
Sunday, February 24, 2019
11:00AM - 5:00PM
Free Admission
$10 Parking

Come celebrate the cultural diversity of the Americas and the African influence in Latin America at MOLAA's Afro-Latinx Festival! Whether you enjoy dancing to salsa music, like munching on Peruvian anticuchos, or meeting your friends at a Capoeira studio for a roda, you're experiencing a mixture of customs from African and Mestizo peoples in the Americas. MOLAA's Afro-Latinx Festival highlights the African legacy in Latin America through art workshops, face painting and live performances. Live performances by GAHFU's Lidereibugu Garifuna Ensemble which has put together an all-star cast of Wanaragua (warrior dancers) from Honduras, Guatemala, and Belize as well as Gayusas (singers), and drummers.  There will also be a review of the most popular Garifuna dances known as Punta and Paranda.  Don't miss it! Roots Kreationz will be onsite selling Garifuna Arts & Crafts.

Schedule for the day

11:00 am - 5:00 pm at Viva Event Center:

  • Craft vendors

  • Art Workshops

  • Free Face Painting

  • DJ Eusebio Akasa

  • Community Organizations

Food vendors (Side/back Lot):

  •                 The Tropic Truck

  •                 Sweets by Leilani

  •                 Mikhuna Peruvian Truck

  •                 Tender Grill Gourmet Brazilian

 12:30pm Cuentos y Cantos, story time with the Long Beach Public Library (Screening Room)


Sculpture Garden Performances:

12:30 - 1:15pm Lidereibugu Garifuna Ensemble

2:00 - 3:00pm ABADA Capoeira

3:30 - 4:30pm, Quitapenas

Marine Conservation Without Borders

GAHFU is proud to collaborate with Marine Conservation Without Borders in the creation and publishing of scientific materials in the Garifuna language with the help of Professor Elmer Mauricio Enriquez Bermudez and Robert C. Tighpen, Principal Investigator for the Project.

Aban tatürü waporu Ruadun Huliligati yagüta ubou baranaha luagu loubadina habiebararugu merigen yarafa lun laru duna huliligati, aban tanügü waporu to 4,338 hamoun 5,200  karibe wuritiña (Garinagu) Seni baididigie hayabi lau sun tuma Granadinasgie. Añahein irahünü, hiñariñu, wügüriña hama weiñaña  mutu garinagu sufuritiña lidan awaraüdüni lira luma larigi lanürü habuti garinagu dan ligia Joseph Chatoyer, aban hafarunei hilagubei lidan 14 lidan ürüwa hati lidan irumu 1797.

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